James M. McAskin

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Supply Chain Contracts and Counseling
Jim McAskin concentrates his practice in commercial and business litigation. He has successfully represented and counseled various commercial clients, including automotive suppliers, franchises, dealerships, lending institutions and medical centers, in state and federal court, and commercial arbitration forums. Jim’s practice has an emphasis in automotive supply chain counseling.  This focus includes supply chain contract disputes, warranty and recall risks and claims, and cost recovery claims.  He also frequently represents automotive suppliers in matters related to defective equipment.
Jim has been named a “Rising Star” in business litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers (2012–2017).
Prior to joining Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco, he was an associate at Pretzel & Stouffer in Chicago where he was trained in all aspects of litigation, trial preparation and strategy.

Recent Experience Includes

  • Member of team that obtained summary judgment for client on $18M trade secret claim
  • Obtained an award of $3M on behalf of automotive manufacturing client on summary judgment
  • Member of team that won an award of $4M on behalf of re-seller of shipping services involving a breach of contract claim
  • Secured $2.3M cost recovery for automotive manufacturing client through enforcement of indemnification rights against Tier II supplier
  • Obtained summary judgement on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in products liability lawsuit
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national provider of homeland security and emergency preparedness on multi-million dollar, 13-count complaint filed by prospective subcontractor
  • Obtained emergency injunction relief against competing business which resulted in judgment for corporate client
  • Obtained $450,000 recovery on “take-or-pay” supply contract for foundry against largest bearing company in the world through enforcement of minimum buy contract
  • Obtained summary judgement on behalf of lender in forged check lawsuit, which resulted in $360,000 recovery
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 company that is one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States in all Michigan business litigation
  • Successfully represented Tier II automotive supplier in breach of contract claim, which resulted in a $110,000 recovery
  • Represented multiple clients successfully in defense of, or enforcement of, non-compete contracts
  • Successfully represented Fortune Global 500 company in breach of requirements contract, which resulted in $85,000 recovery
  • Successfully defended lender against claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Successfully represented manufacturing company in asbestos claims
  • Successfully defended Michigan small business against time-barred breach of contract claim
  • Local counsel for franchisor in all Michigan litigation
  • Successfully domesticated state and foreign country judgments

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan 2009
  • Illinois 2005

Education, Professional Associations and Awards

  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D.2005); The Wayne Law Review, Assistant Editor
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor (B.A.2000)
  • Rising Star in Business Litigation, Michigan Super Lawyers (2012 – 2017)
  • Admitted: all Michigan state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Northern District of Illinois
  • Member: American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association
  • Board Member, Litigation Advisory Board, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
  • Barrister, Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court Program


  • Wife Nikki and children:  Molly, Maggie, Griffin and Fiona
  • Coach U10 girls soccer (Mudsliders), South Oakland County Soccer Association
  • Coach, 4th and 5th grade girls’ basketball (Vikings), Berkley Hoops
  • Land Cure, Board Member
Specialists in High-Stakes Litigation, Bankruptcy and Supply Chain Counseling.
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